It’s a new year and I am trying to get my diet as clean as possible. It had some a bit to the wayside for the last few weeks, so I am slowly starting to keep most processed foods out of my apartment and really embracing my oven (I previously lived for 2+ months without a working oven). Have you ever had turnips before? I hadn’t. This is my first time consciously eating them, or at least buying them and making them into something. I was in a really nice small food market near my place and was excited that they carry some of the more “obscure” things I can’t usually find at the regular grocery store and say the turnips and thought, “Hmm I think I’ll give them a try!” So I bought 2 smallish/medium turnips and proceeded to peel, chop and season them and make them into what were surprisingly wonderful fries. Next time I think I’ll also add a sweet potato into the mix. Turnips are officially incorporated into my diet.
Turnips are a low calorie root vegetable and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I was always a bit confused at the difference between turnips and rutabagas. Were they basically the same thing? I did a search and they are both related to one another, but rutabagas are larger and apparently sweeter than turnips. I guess I’ll have to try those next!
- 1-2 turnips
- ½-1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tbs nutritional yeast
- ground black pepper / lemon pepper, to taste
- pink sea salt / kelp granules, to taste
- 1 tsp italian seasoning / ground thyme
- ¼-1/2 tsp chili powder
- opt: 2-3 drops liquid smoke
- Preheat Oven to 400F.
- Peel and chop the turnips into "fries" and place on a plate or in a reusable plastic bag (a bag would be easier). Add in the rest of the ingredients and shake the bag to evenly coat the seasonings onto the fries. If using a plate, use your hands to coat the fries.
- Place the fries on a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes. At the halfway mark, you may want to turn over all the fries so the other side can be evenly cooked. Once they are a nice toasty colour, remove them from the oven and allow to cool slightly and serve with ketchup, mustard, salsa, vegan sour cream...etc.